Wednesday, January 21, 2015

What is the 'beloved'?

I am often asked about my use of the word 'beloved' in my writing. What is the beloved? Only you can answer this question from inside your own direct experience. This mystery can never be fully revealed to you by another.

The beloved is that which reveals to you the inside of your own heart. He can appear as an intimate partner, which is one of his most evocative forms, but he would never limit himself to this expression. She is there as the longing and the sunrise of a new day, as the crystals in the newly fallen snow, and as the lunar holding of the moon as she rises to touch this weary world.

But he is also weaved into the darkness, raging alive in your sadness, wild and dancing in the core of your loneliness, and unfolding herself in the center of your despair. The beloved will use the entirety of the phenomenal world to find you, your eternal friend, and will never, ever give up on you, even when you have done so yourself. She will take the form of duality, nonduality, oneness, multiplicity, separation, and union in order to awaken one of her qualities here. 

As you provide a home for all of you, and practice kindness toward whatever is arising in your immediate somatic experience, the beloved will come alive in your heart. For when you are able to offer safe passage for the light and the dark within you, you are truly able to love others and to be a clear vessel for her activity here. It is then you will know her, and she will know you, and you will carry her mysteries into eternity. 

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